DHL Hong Kong Air Trade Leading Index ("DTI") is a quarterly survey implemented by Hong Kong Productivity Council ("HKPC"), and commissioned by DHL Express (Hong Kong) Limited ("DHL").
DTI is the first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong, offering publicly available market intelligence for local enterprises, especially SMEs which typically have limited resources or access to information, enabling all to take reference from a comprehensive business review of the sector in which they operate.
The Overall Index represents the air trade market outlook for the surveying quarter, in respect of import and (re-)export. The research also studies the underlying trends in business attributes, markets and air-freighted commodities, thus assisting local enterprises in arriving at a primed view of the business outlook of their markets.
DTI - First Quarter of 2018
Release Date: Jan 31, 2018
A series of improvements in the last year have resulted in a generally positive outlook for air trade in Q1 2018. The DTI index has moved into positive territory, sub-indices are performing well and important markets have displayed renewed strength, pleasing local air traders.
- Local air trade outlook for Q1 2018 is cautiously optimistic, thanks to gradual improvements seen throughout 2017. Air traders believe imports and exports will both grow.
- Building upon expectations for continued recovery, the DTI index reached 51.0 during the quarter. This represents a substantial uptick of 5.2 points, and the first move into positive territory in three years.
- Nearly all sub-indices have reached 50 or above, and are stronger than they were during the same quarter of last year, suggesting growing market optimism across the board.
- Key markets continued to show improvement in Q1, the respective scores have risen to 52 and air traders expect to see growth in the European and Asia Pacific markets.
- Mr Gordon Lo, Director (Business Management) of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, said, "With a more optimistic market outlook in the first quarter of 2018, companies should seek to enhance their customer experience in order to establish quality brands. By regularly collecting customer opinions through various channels, they can understand the 'pain points' of different customers. For example, some mature markets are looking for mass customization, while mobile technologies and 'Internet of Things' can make customers more convenient. Based on these 'pain points', companies can apply new technology, improve their process and train their professional staff to enhance customer experience."
Download of DTI Quarterly Report
|DTI - First Quarter of 2018 (PDF version)
DTI - First Quarter of 2018 (Text-only version)
|Jan 31, 2018|
|DTI - Fourth Quarter of 2017 (PDF version)
DTI - Fourth Quarter of 2017 (Text-only version)
|Nov 1, 2017|
|DTI - Third Quarter of 2017 (PDF version)
DTI - Third Quarter of 2017 (Text-only version)
|Jul 27, 2017|
|DTI - Second Quarter of 2017 (PDF version)
DTI - Second Quarter of 2017 (Text-only version)
|Apr 28, 2017|
|DTI - First Quarter of 2017 (PDF version)
DTI - First Quarter of 2017 (Text-only version)
|Jan 25, 2017|
|DTI - Fourth Quarter of 2016 (PDF version)
DTI - Fourth Quarter of 2016 (Text-only version)
|Nov 11, 2016|
|DTI - Third Quarter of 2016 (PDF version)
DTI - Third Quarter of 2016 (Text-only version)
|Aug 8, 2016|
|DTI - Second Quarter of 2016 (PDF version)
DTI - Second Quarter of 2016 (Text-only version)
|May 13, 2016|
|Feb 19, 2016|
|Nov 16, 2015|
|Aug 11, 2015|
|May 7, 2015|
|Feb 6, 2015|
|Nov 12, 2014|
Index Calculation: Index = [100 x (Percentage of samples responding "Positive") ] + [50 x (Percentage of samples responding "Neutral") ] + [0 x (Percentage of samples responding "Negative") ]
- Ratios of collected responses are used to form the indices.
- An index value above 50 indicates an overall positive outlook while a reading below 50 represents an overall negative outlook for the surveyed quarter.
- The further the reading is from 50, the more positive or negative the outlook is.
- Respondents are Hong Kong-based companies associated with either inbound or outbound air trade. It includes Watches, Clocks & Jewellery, Apparel & Clothing Accessories, Electronic Products & parts, Gifts, Toys & Houseware, Food & Beverage and Others (including courier service and other items which do not belong to the categories listed above).
- Over 600 samples are collected in each quarter.
- Sample companies are randomly selected from publicly available directories.
This report contains survey result based on research findings. HKPC will not be liable for any loss, mistake, delay, action or non-action by viewers of this report.